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BJP leaders from Punjab meet PM Modi, seek re-opening of Kartarpur Corridor

The Kartarpur Corridor has remained shut since March 2020 when international travel was suspended owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh |
Updated: November 15, 2021 9:57:59 am
BJP leaders from Punjab submit the memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: Punjab BJP)

A DELEGATION of Punjab BJP leaders met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Sunday and submitted a memorandum requesting him to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor to Pakistan.

The move has fueled speculation on whether the corridor’s reopening was already on the cards to coincide with Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary on November 19, with the BJP looking to take credit for it.

Among those who met Modi on Sunday were state BJP president Ashwani Sharma, senior leader Harjeet Singh Grewal, party’s national general secretary Tarun Chugh, state in-charge Dushyant Gautam, party spokesperson RP Singh, senior leader from Amritsar Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina and BJP leader from Delhi Tejinder Bagga.

Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting, Grewal said the PM has been requested to consider the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, which has been closed since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We are quite hopeful that the PM will consider our request positively so that some good news comes on the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. We are all soldiers of the PM and we are quite sure he will do something good for the followers of Guru Nanak,” he added.

Asked if the issue of the farmers’ protest had been broached with the PM, Grewal said that state BJP president Ashwani Sharma will brief the press on the subject. Sources say the issue came up for discussion and the PM listened to the comments of the leaders on the matter.

There has been widespread speculation that the BJP may resolve the imbroglio over the farm laws before the elections in Punjab and UP early next year.

BJP national general secretary Tarun Chugh said the PM had taken several pro-Sikh decisions in the past which included justice for the 1984 riots victims and taking off names of individuals from the ‘black list’.

Ashwani Sharma also said that the PM has been requested to open the corridor before November 19 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak so that lakhs of devotees of the Guru could take advantage of it.

With Punjab headed to polls in February 2022, the reopening of the Kartarpur Corridor is an emotive subject in the state. The corridor had been operational for only a short duration of time after its opening in November 2019 as pandemic struck and all international travel got suspended.

State BJP leaders also met party national president J P Nadda and are slated to meet Home Minister Amit Shah. The upcoming Assembly elections, state of internal affairs of the party on Punjab and the continued impact of farmers’ protests on the BJP’s chances in the polls are likely to be discussed.
Asked about any proposed tie-up with Capt Amarinder Singh, a senior BJP leader was non-committal.

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